On behalf of all Jackson residents concerned about climate change, we are celebrating Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba today. He recently attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he cast a supporting vote for carbon pricing.
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Ed Wall passed away July 28 in Oxford. After living in Jackson for 47 years, he and his wife, Nell, relocated to Oxford in 2017 to be near family.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Monday, August 5, at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson. Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon and the service at 2:00 p.m.
The Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association has elected three Northside alumni as leaders of the association for 2019-2020.
They include Kristi Hipp Mosley, Kimberly Griffin and Barbara Travis.
By ANTHONY WARREN
Senior Staff Writer
Jackson residents could soon have an easier time disputing what they feel are extremely high or inaccurate water bills.
The city council is expected to vote next week on amendments that would streamline the city’s water billing appeals process.
The city of Ridgeland has received bids for the construction of the new city center, following the selection of a bank for the issuance of nearly $20 million in bonds.
The Ridgeland board of aldermen awarded the bond issue to First Tennessee Bank, as they had the lowest interest rate at 2.689669 percent.
Fifth and sixth graders at Jackson Academy (from left, back) Parker Halford, Nicholas Katsaboulas, Crystal Gao, Caroline Flechas, Brooke Emerson Ogden; (from left, front) Sanders Reeves, Elizabeth Woosley, Natalie Shephardson, and Molly Marie Moody earned the honor of highest academic achievement during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Earlene Milner Lefoldt passed away on July 31, 2019 at St. Catherine's Village surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be Monday, August 5, 2019 from 10 - 11 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery.
Attendance declining and director predicts budget shortfall
The Jackson Zoo continues to die on the vine, more than a year after managers voted to study relocating it, and eight months after the city entered into talks with a new firm to take over management.
While many kids on the Northside likely won’t be looking forward to returning to class, they’ll certainly benefit from improvements at their respective schools.
Projects range from putting in new playgrounds and building outdoor classrooms to correcting draining issues.
John D. Damon, Ph.D., Canopy Children’s Solutions’ chief executive officer, is one of 21 senior health care leaders who were chosen to join the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship’s fifth class and the program’s network of health care entrepreneurs and innovators from across the United States.
Gerard Gibert, a resident of Ridgeland, was recently named to the Mississippi lottery board of directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Mississippi. He is the CEO of Venture Technology. Gibert recently spoke with Sun reporter Nikki Rowell about the Mississippi lottery.
My sister, Katie, has a birthday this week and I haven’t bought her a gift yet - but that’s sort of her fault. She’s given me a big head and very high standards to live up to by calling me the Best Gift Giver of the family. It’s a lot of pressure.
Recently released female prisoners find help in adjusting through crossroads ministry
Within three years of release from prison, nearly 70 percent of released prisoners were re-arrested. A Madison County program is aiming to cut back on recidivism and help those who are recently released turn their lives around.
THE legislature is in session and big money is on the line – $21 billion. This represents 18.3 percent of Mississippi’s total GDP of $115 billion.
Mississippi citizens need a clear understanding of the budget. In the end, our votes make the difference.
The wedding of Natalie Marie Flood and William Ramseur Boyles was celebrated at the Paris-Yates Chapel on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford July 28.
Dorlisa Hutton, a Jackson native, serves as the chief operations officer for SR1. Hutton earned her undergraduate degree in healthcare administration at Jackson State University. She earned her master’s degree in public health from Jackson State and a master’s in biomedical science from the University of Mississippi.
After running unopposed, District 25 Sen. Walter Michel now has a Democratic challenger in the 2019 election.
Michel, a Republican, qualified to run for the District 25 seat on March 1, the qualifying deadline.
On March 2, when the secretary of state released its list of qualifying candidates, Michel was unopposed.
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) board has issued a state of emergency due to the presence of the invasive aquatic plant giant Salvinia, which is spreading in Pelahatchie Bay. This is the second time the plant has been found in the Ross Barnett Reservoir.
Soon boaters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will have the option to wash up as soon as they exit the water.
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) board voted to accept a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to purchase two boat cleaning stations.
Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital
The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
This summer, Jackson resident Erin Smith will move to Los Angeles, not to try to make it on the big screen, but to train under world-renowned plastic surgeons as a part of her fellowship.
She will be trained by Dr. Paul Nassif, who stars on the television show “Botched” and Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.
The Ridgeland Costco could be welcoming customers next spring.
Meanwhile, residents opposed to the store are still fighting the matter in court.
Developers have applied for and received a permit to clear the Costco site, which is located on the east side of Highland Colony Parkway south of the Old Agency Road roundabout.
Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district
District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.
The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.
Bomgar tackling transparency, the economy and Justice system in 2018
Mississippi House District 58 Rep. Joel Bomgar has a lot in store for the 2018 legislative session.
A lot of Mississippians are happy with our existing state of affairs. Indeed, we are the most religious and generous state in the nation. We have great hunting and fishing, little pollution, great weather and plenty of room.
Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed legislation that will require, beginning in January 2018, most governmental agencies to utilize reverse auctions when purchasing goods and services. The legislation was hailed as a means to set more responsible purchasing practices by governmental agencies and to save taxpayer money.
So I’m kind of a frugal guy. My wife says cheap, but that’s just semantics. I like cars that get good gas mileage.
I also don’t like air pollution, since my job often has me reading about how particulates from car exhaust and other sources cause childhood asthma, premature deaths and things like that.
Beemon Drugs Owner Lester Hailey has announced that the iconic North Jackson drug store will be closing on June 25.
A notice was posted at the Maywood Mart institution today.
The store, which has been a staple on the Northside for years, is known for providing home delivery of medications to customers.
Consider the following scenario.
An outside entity approaches Mississippi and says that it wants to invest a billion dollars a year in the state indefinitely and create thousands of new jobs. The only catch is that the state has to put up $100 million a year, too.